This week, the New York Times style section put out a piece claiming that monocles are on the rise in Brooklyn. Hey, there’s no way to know for sure, right? Not necessarily. ProPublica’s Lois Beckett created a Google survey to determine how many Brooklynites have actually spotted monocles in the wild. After reviewing over 400 responses, about 12% had spotted monocles. But that includes people who spotted them years ago or at costume parties or not even in Brooklyn at all. Sure it’s not the most scientific data but it certainly calls into question the Times’ claim that “monocles are back.” [Source: Gawker]